Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

15-year old New York student brings rifle to class; stopped by teacher

A 15-year old student came to his school, Indian River High School, in Philadelphia, New York, armed with a loaded rifle.

Just as he was pulling it out of a case, though, an observant teacher, Bob Kuba, stopped him, taking the boy in one hand and the gun in another.  The boy offered no resistance as the school went into lockdown.

No motive was released, but the boy had a plan.

From an article:
On Wednesday afternoon, a 15-year-old student brought a very large object covered in a blanket into Kuba's earth science class at Indian River High School in northern New York and said he wanted to show them a science experiment. When the class was coming to a close, the student removed the blanket, revealing a gun case with a rifle inside. 
Kuba reacted in a flash. 
"When he opened the case, I grabbed the rifle before he could," Kuba told The Associated Press on Thursday. "He offered no resistance at all. I had the gun in one hand and him in the other." 
The school went into lockdown. 
"The class actually was surprised, but at no time did I ever feel threatened, and neither did the class," Kuba said. "You don't know what's going to happen, but it worked out fine." 
Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns told the AP that the student had "a very detailed plan," but the sheriff wouldn't reveal what it was. 
Officials credited Kuba for stopping a potential shooting at the high school in the town of Philadelphia, 140 miles northwest of Albany. 
"He's an absolutely outstanding professional," school Superintendent James Kettrick said. "His actions were decisive and contributed greatly to averting what could have been a tragedy." 
The student was taken into custody. Police aren't releasing his name and said he hadn't been charged as of Thursday morning.
The article didn't say how the boy got his gun.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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